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As Bob Barker has been telling us for years to spay and neuter our pets, it comes as no surprise that we face a huge animal population problem here in the United States. 5.8 million pets are euthanized in this country every year, and that translates to 658 animals being put down every hour. It's a really staggering number to think about.

In 2000, two volunteers at an animal hospital in East Los Angeles founded the Poochville Animal Rescue. They quickly expanded to include not only dogs, but cats, reptiles, horses, and practically every critter the Southland has to offer. To reflect this change, and to provide a sort of "vehicle" for this movement, Poochville became The Rescue Train. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing animals, and ending euthanasia in Los Angeles.

Now, that is a big job for an organization that depends only on donations to operate. This holiday season they are again offering their "Gift of Life" holiday cards. Each card saves the life of one pet facing euthanasia, and features a photo of the animal you will be saving on the front of it. These are great gift cards, perfect for companies, stocking stuffers, or the pet lover in your life. If you can, please help save a life during the holidays by giving The Gift of Life.